Dustin Christensen, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hails from Idaho, but he was raised in Utah, claiming Orem, Utah as his hometown. He graduated from Orem High School, and following high school he went on to get his MBA and prepared to pursue a career in business.
He is a singer, songwriter, producer, and the owner at Sandpuppy Publishing since May 2003. His genre of music includes Alt Country, Alternative, and Folk Pop. He was recently the lead singer of the rock band Jerrytown, and is also a member in the bluegrass project, The Lower Lights. ReverbNation says that he sounds like Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Counting Crows.
In December 2011, Dustin released a solo album titled “Highway Lines.” The album may be purchased, and tracks are available for listening on his Bandcamp.com page. According to his Facebook page, in producing his music, Dustin is mainly interested in “Pleasing your ears.” He is influenced by Cookie Monster, The Rock-afire Explosion, Toad the wet Sprocket, Wallflowers, Whiskeytown, Sun Kil Moon, Counting Crows, Bob Dylan, The Psychedelic Furs, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Yorn, Innocence Mission, Love, Hurt, and the list goes on. He also credits his success to the inspiration that he receives from his Heavenly Father.
Earlier this year, Carnival Music Nashville announced the signing of Dustin to a worldwide publishing deal. Carnival’s Courtney Gregg commented, “Dustin possesses an unmatched talent, accentuated with an effortless vocal delivery and keen lyrical and melodic sensibilities. His musical ability is paired with an unrelenting work ethic. We are extremely charged and humbled to have him at Carnival.” Dustin commented, “I’m excited to be working with a publishing company that truly cares about writing good songs and that feels like home. When I was choosing which publishing company to go with, Carnival felt like a good fit right away.”
On Monday, 5 October 2015, Dustin auditioned for the NBC reality television series “The Voice.” His awe-inspiring rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Downtown Train” got all four judges to turn their chairs and compete to be his coach. Speaking of the experience, Christensen remarked, “It was amazing. Obviously it turned out better than I could have ever expected.” He continued, “Going into the audition process was not without trepidation. Your worst fear is that you don’t even get to audition, or that nobody turns. And then you have to think to yourself, well, even if nobody turns, as long as I feel like I gave a good performance. And I was like, if I get one chair – that will be amazing.” Unfortunately, after proving his talents in the Blind Auditions and the Battle Round, Dustin’s journey on “The Voice” came to an end on Tuesday evening, 27 October 2015, when he lost in the Knockout Round to teammate Keith Semple.
Dustin currently splits his time between Nashville, Los Angeles, and Utah having established himself as a sought-after producer. He is currently working on a new solo project to be released in early 2016 which is a follow-up to his previous release “Highway Lines.” He has had his music featured in multiple films and TV projects including: MTV, ABC, HBO, Sears, A&E, American Heart Association, and BYU TV.
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